Chinese and American Partnerships and Airliner Manufacturing Industry Considered

October 27th, 2020 by admin Leave a reply »

Is it possible that Boeing might actually create a subsidiary in China and be intimately and financially involved with Comac? Well, that’s certainly a possibility. I don’t doubt for a minute that Airbus would have tried, if they had a good shoe in. Right now, they obviously don’t because Chinese airlines are quite upset with the EUs CO2 emissions standards, and their Cap and Trade tax scheme for airliner pollution. Okay so, let’s talk about all these things for a moment shall we?

It was recently noted in Aviation Week and Space Technology that so far in 2012 Boeing has secured 387 orders to Airbus’ 91. That’s a huge difference from what happened in 2010 in 2011, and if you will remember the Paris Air Show it looked as if Airbus was running away with the entire show. Later, of course Boeing secured some extremely large orders, in fact some of the largest in history for their 737, and their new 737 MAX.

Since Boeing is now working with Comac and Comac is working with General Electric to buy engines for their new C919, perhaps Boeing will be able to sell a huge number of 737 MAX airliners in the near-term, until China gets its C919 program off the ground, which it hopes to be able to deliver its first aircraft by 2014, even though that may not be possible, considering there are significant challenges and hurdles to European and US regulations.

There was an interesting article recently published in Bloomberg on March 7, 2012 entitled; “Boeing Expects About 200 Orders From China for 737 MAX Airplane This Year,” which stated;

“We’re out talking to every single airline in China about the 737 MAX,” Orders may total a couple of hundred 737 MAXs in China this year and quite a number of 747-8s,” and “the planned C919 from state-backed Comac already has 225 orders and commitments. Comac is going to sell into their domestic market and they’ll probably also sell some of their planes around the world – in the years to come, they’re going to be a tough competitor.”

“A Tough Competitor,” might be an understatement especially if the new C919 has an option of carbon composite wing’s using Boeing technology, and General Electric engines. In that case it could easily hurt the Russian airline manufacturing industry, as well as curtail sales for Bombardier and Embraer. Yes, the Airbus A320 Neo, and Boeing 737 MAX will also have to compete, even though they have quite a head start, and thousands of aircraft already flying, meaning they are so far along the learning curve that the C919 will have a tough time catching up.

Still, the Chinese learn very fast from other people’s mistakes, and a copy what works, ditching that which doesn’t. Obviously that is also a major factor for selling airliners in the future. Not to mention the fact that once their aviation industry really gets going, they will sell tons of these airliners domestically. Please consider all this and think on it.

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